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Inez Tan is a fiction writer, poet, and educator based in southern California and Singapore. Her debut collection of short stories from Epigram Books (Singapore, London), This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone, was a #2 bestseller in Singapore (Straits Times).
Inez holds an MFA in poetry from the University of California, Irvine, where she taught as a lecturer and academic coordinator in creative writing, and an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers’ Program, where she was awarded a Zell Fellowship for 2015. During that year, she served as a pedagogical mentor to graduate student instructors in creative writing. She also holds a B.A. in English with highest honors from Williams College.
Inez grew up in Singapore from ages seven through fifteen, and has lived in eight different cities in the U.S. before and after. She was a 2017 Fellow of Kundiman, a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing, and has received the Academy of American Poets Award (2018), the Nora Folkenflik Award for Excellence in Poetry (2018), the Jose and Susana Encinias Award in Creative Writing (2018), first place in the Singapore Unbound Poetry Contest (2015), and an Honorable Mention for the Glimmer Train New Writers Award (2013). Her work has appeared in Rattle, Hyphen, The Rumpus, Fairy Tale Review, Zócalo Public Square, diode, Softblow, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, The Rupture, Foothill, Faultline, Michigan Quarterly Review, and the anthologies The Art & Craft of Stories from Asia, edited by Robin Hemley and Xu Xi (Bloomsbury, London), and Best New Singaporean Short Stories: Volume 4 (Epigram Books, Singapore).
Inez Tan has conducted workshops, classes, and mentorships through: Yale-NUS College, University of Michigan, University of California Irvine, National Library Board Singapore, Creative Arts Programme Singapore (CAP), Nanyang Girls’ High School, Singapore Writers Festival, and others.
Inez Tan is the author of This Is Where I Won’t Be Alone: Stories (Epigram Books, 2018), which was a national bestseller in Singapore. Her writing has won the Academy of American Poets Prize, and has been featured in Rattle, The Rumpus, Hyphen, and Quarterly Literary Review Singapore. She is a recent Fellow of Kundiman, a national organization dedicated to the creation and cultivation of Asian American creative writing. She holds a BA from Williams College, an MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in poetry at the University of California, Irvine. Find her online at ineztan.com.